Together we pray – Sunday, 16 February 2014

Bidding:        We find in you a listening place
Response:     Lord, hear our prayer

Loving, Creator God, the earth is your footstool and
bears the imprint of your artistry.
We thank you for the beauty around us –
summer colours,
fragrance after rain,
clear rivers and ocean waves.

Guide us to make life-giving choices in our stewardship of the earth.

Bidding:       We find in you a listening place
Response:    Lord, hear our prayer

Wise God, you give us freedom
to observe your commandments
or ignore them;
to be caring or careless.
Help us to be alert to the needs around us,
to respond with love.

Help us to be aware of the needs that are presented to us
in the news and in our letter-boxes,
to respond with generosity.

Guide us to make life-giving choices
in our consideration for others.

Bidding:       We find in you a listening place
Response:    Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for the church,
for mission overseas and
here, for our diocese and for our parish.
Remind us that we are your servants,
working together for a common purpose,
with our tasks to fulfil.
Help us to be tolerant and kind,
our hearts quick to forgive,
our words trustworthy and sincere.

Bidding:       We find in you a listening place
Response:    Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for those who are unwell –
at home, in hospitals, in care…
Meet them, healing God,
in their weakness and discomfort.
We name those who are grieving….
Meet them, comforting God,
in their sadness and loneliness.

We pray for our families and name them….
Meet them, Father/Mother God,
in your wisdom and understanding love.

In our touch,
in our visiting,
in our caring,
guide us to make life-giving choices.

Bidding:       We find in you a listening place
Response:    Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for ourselves.
You know when our hearts turn away,
when we make foolish decisions.
You know also, that we do love you.
We want to walk in your ways and to hold you fast.

Strengthen our resolve this day.

We choose life,
in the name of your Son,
the Way,
the Truth,
the Life.
Amen.

 

Together We Pray is written each week by Wellington Diocese as the intercession for use in all churches across the Diocese.